Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director – Tata Sons gave a talk at the Indian Institute of Management, a premier MBA institute of India one day. In his discourse, he addressed the youth of today’s world. One of the points he touched upon was about enjoying one’s work. I would be covering many more of his points in my subsequent blogs.
“There is no greater fun than hard work.”
~ Sir James Lipton
In the dynamic corporate world of the 21st century where work dissatisfaction and attrition is the norm, it is evident that one has to make sincere efforts to “enjoy” one’s work. Gopalakrishnan pointed out that all individuals should not only work towards achieving happiness, but should strive to work as happy people.
These two concepts are very different.
When we work with happiness, it gets reflected in everything that we do. It is all about the attitude. Happiness should be a means to an end. We should be happy in whatever we do.
Hence work and career should help an individual in reaching full one’s full potential. Indeed, the satisfaction that is derived from this is overwhelming.
Through the myriad instances of life, it is vital to maintain a sense of humour. We laugh a lot as children, and then somewhere along the way, we forget what it means to laugh open-heartedly.
Many people get uptight and impersonal when they start ascending the ladder of success. They feel that sharing a good laugh with old friends and subordinates would make them look less powerful than what they perceive themselves to be. This is beautifully summarized in a quote by General Joe Stilwell (1904-1946, United States Army four-star General best-known for his service in China and Burma) below:
“Keep smiling. The higher the monkey climbs, the more you can see of his backside.”
So laugh a lot and be happy. Love your work – this approach gives a fresh new outlook to life. The satisfaction and fulfillment you will derive from this will surpass all boundaries within which you have been restricting yourself.
“If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”